San Mateo to Celebrate Levee Project Completion

The South Bayfront Levee Improvement Project prevents at least 7,900 San Mateo households from having to purchase mandatory flood insurance.

The city of San Mateo will join elected officials and hundreds of residents this weekend in celebrating the completion of a project that protects thousands of San Mateans from a flood.

San Mateo’s Department of Public Works will host the “Levee Project Celebration” on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Seal Point Park to honor the community effort and the government agency collaboration that helped to complete the Levee Project.

The theme of the event is the “power of partnerships” as the Levee Project demonstrates how all levels of government can partner with the community to achieve important public goals, according to city officials.

A ceremony highlighting how far San Mateo has come in flood protection and how far the city has to go will be followed by a barbeque lunch, music, children’s activities, and booths highlighting ways residents can partner with the city of San Mateo to realize successful programs and projects.

“This event is our opportunity to celebrate a successful multi-year project that required the patience of our residents and hard work by multiple agencies from all levels of government,” Larry Patterson, Director of Public Works, said in a statement.

“This project illustrates that together, we are capable of successfully completing significant improvements that benefit our community,” he said.

Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s Office, Sen. Leland Yee, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Foster City, and more than a hundred residents are anticipated to attend the event.

The ceremony will take place from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Seal Point Park. The BBQ will take place in Ryder Park from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more details, including an event map with parking information and details on bicycle facilities, please visit www.cityofsanmateo.org/publicworks.

The South Bayfront Levee improvements included four project sites: (1) Detroit Drive Floodwall, (2) Seal Slough Floodwall, (3) San Mateo Creek Floodwall, and (4) East End Levee.

Final improvement work included surface finishes and railings on concrete floodwalls, erosion control on slopes, and hydro-seeding.

Restoration of the areas impacted by construction was completed March 2012. The project team originally estimated 6,000 properties would be removed from the SFHA and approximately 2,100 properties would remain in the SFHA due to their susceptibility to channel/creek overflow.

As San Mateo Patch , the preliminary 2012 San Mateo FIRM established by FEMA indicates more than 8,000 properties will be removed from the SFHA.

The neighborhoods of North Shoreview and North Central remain in the SFHA, and only fewer than 300 properties South of Highway 92 will remain in the SFHA. The new map takes effect October 16, 2012.


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